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Poll: Idaho Congressional Incumbents Appear Headed for Safe Victories in November
Bob Bernick
As Donald Trump shakes up (and falls) in national GOP politics, the three Republican members of Congress seeking re-election in Idaho this year are safely moving towards victories, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, gets 55 percent support in the new survey by Dan Jones & Associates. Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho,...

Democrats Take Aim at Rep. Heather Scott
Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
The “American Redoubt” movement, where Christian conservatives from elsewhere have found a safe haven in Idaho’s Panhandle, has gained some traction in Bonner and Boundary counties in the far northern part of the state. We’ll see on Nov. 8 if this movement has conservative staying power. Two years ago, the Redoubt group made a big splash the...

Idaho’s Role in the Presidential Race
Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
This year’s unique presidential race has gripped the attention of most Idahoans, generating lots of talk, plenty of Facebook posts and considerable chatter. That interest among the Idaho population is not reciprocated by the efforts of the presidential campaigns in Idaho. By any measure --- candidate visits, contributions, media effort or...

Is Proposed Idaho Plant the Future of Nuclear Energy?
LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
A British newspaper, the Guardian, highlighted a unique power project in a recent edition that is proposed to be built at the Idaho National Laboratory near Idaho Falls. “This new technology could save the troubled nuclear power industry,” said the headline. Here’s the first paragraph of the article: “The future of the nuclear industry may...

Poll: Clinton Gaining on Trump in Idaho
Bob Bernick
Donald Trump holds a 10-percentage point lead over Hillary Clinton in Idaho, a just-completed Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows. The survey was wrapped up BEFORE the bombshell Trump sexist tape had time to sink in for Idaho voters. Undoubtedly that tape and the second presidential debate attacks by Trump (and a bit less by Clinton) would have an...

Idaho Voters Want Government Close to Home
LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
The mood of the electorate is always a big factor in any election. And the mood of the electorate in 2016 election is easy to observe – voters are agitated, unhappy, suspicious and anti-establishment. Not every voter feels that way, of course, but enough do that the improbable election bids of the two anti-establishment candidates, Donald Trump...

Crapo Puts Principle Ahead of GOP Politics
Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Sen. Mike Crapo has never been one to take a lot of political risks, which makes it surprising that he pulled his endorsement for Donald Trump with less than a month to go in the campaign. Crapo consistently stands with his fellow Republicans on party-line issues, saying “no” to year-end budget resolutions and “yes” to repealing Obamacare. In...

Odds & Ends: McMullin, McKenzie and Fireworks
Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Evan McMullin making a run in East Idaho. In this year’s unique presidential contest, Idaho has been somewhat ignored because of its heavy Republican lean. Everyone assumes Trump will win Idaho regardless of what happens nationally. That is why I was a bit surprised to see Evan McMullin, the conservative independent candidate, set two events...

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Meridian Chamber Fall Economic Excellence Breakfast
When: Tuesday, Oct 25, 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Where: West Ada School District, DSC Auditorium, 1303 E Central Drive, Meridian
Keynote speaker Stephen Cilley, CEO at Ataraxis, Inc., Entrepreneurs' Organization Board Member, plus Autumn Kersey, Founder of Treasure Valley Children's Theater and 2016 Small Business Awards Recipient. A plated breakfast will be served by JB'S Family Restaurant. Members $25, nonmembers $30. More info.

Boise Chamber BOSS Series Featuring Michelle Crosby of Wevorce
When: Tuesday, Oct 25, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Crystal Ballroom, 802 W Bannock St #202, Boise, ID
Join the Boise Chamber for the Business Owners Success Series Luncheon featuring Michelle Crosby of Wevorce. Michelle will be interviewed in a casual Q&A format and share her story of founding Wevorce. $25 member, $35 nonmember. More info and register here.

Kootenai Democrats Democratic Club
When: Friday, Oct 28, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Iron Horse Bar and Grill, 407 East Sherman Avenue, Coeur d'Alene, ID
This week's Democratic Club features Dr. David Porter, who will lead a discussion on the current political season. Join in the discussion of various campaign topics: candidates, issues, state and national realities. More info.

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Idaho Headlines

Editorial: Administrative rules amendment needs improvement before it resides in Idaho’s Constitution (Idaho Statesman)

Intimidation reports energize North Idaho Democrat’s bipartisan backers (Idaho Statesman)

Independent presidential candidate McMullin talks to Boiseans about conservatism, his chances (Idaho Statesman)

Independent Evan McMullin – in dead heat with Trump and Clinton in Utah – makes campaign push into Idaho (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho AG investigates claim that Rep. Heather Scott backers harassed Idaho Democrat volunteer (Spokesman-Review)

Labrador slams Democratic challenger Piotrowski over ‘socialist’ tweet (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho’s mixed grades on student IOUs (CDA Press)

Trump still ahead in Idaho but lead has shrunk, poll finds (Times-News)

Senate Dem candidates call for changing faith-healing law; GOP incumbents wary (Times-News)

Lawsuit challenges livestock grazing in East Fork Salmon area (Mountain Express)

Legislative candidates sound off on wolf-kill funding (Mountain Express)

Pizza and Politics debate strikes civil tones among District 26 candidates (Mountain Express)

Candidates debate need for roads funding (Mountain Express)

Western governors’ initiative seeks to improve forest, rangeland management (Capital Press)

Ybarra wants less, not more detail (Lewiston Tribune)

Stevenson, Blakey square off in race for Idaho House seat (Lewiston Tribune)

Kingsley, Rusche repeat close race for Idaho House position (Lewiston Tribune)

Study: low political participation has stymied economic development (Idaho Business Review)

Federal review finds Canyon, Ada polling sites not compliant with disabilities law (Press-Tribune)

Sen. Crapo says he will vote Trump for president (State Journal)

Legislative candidates talk Medicaid expansion (State Journal)

Rusche was wrong on Obamacare and now is wrong on Medicaid expansion (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

HJR 5 would strengthen Legislature’s oversight of bad regulations (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho's college go-on rate dips below 50 percent (Idaho Education News)

Ybarra clashes with state board members over accountability data (Idaho Education News)

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